Smart future beckons as firm develops energy solutions in West Limerick 

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Local representatives and company officials at the opening of the new ABS premises in Castlemahon

Local representatives and company officials at the opening of the new ABS premises in Castlemahon

IT’S going to be part of all our futures and it’s here, now, in West Limerick, shaping that future for all of us.

This is ABS Engineering Control Systems Ltd which officially opened its new headquarters in Castlemahon on Friday, October 19 and which uses cutting-edge technology in ‘smart’ buildings and businesses and ‘smart homes’.

Essentially what ABS does is provide solutions so that functions such as heating, cooling, and energy usage and monitoring can be controlled centrally and accessed both on-site and remotely.

The business was founded by Colm Cussen working from his home base in Broadford but, with support from the Local Enterprise Office is expanding to 12  staff members and has ambitious plans to develop its market nationally and internationally.  

It is opening a dedicated research and development department to advance some of its latest projects, one of which is to develop a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) for the domestic home to reduce its carbon footprint. In the ‘smart home’, a central system will control boilers/heating systems, heat recovery functions, underfloor heating, geothermal pumps, lights and energy sources, energy monitoring and more.

The company hopes to focus initially on new builds and is lobbying for the introduction of a government incentive scheme to aid homeowners who install systems such as it offers.

“I would like to congratulate ABS Engineering on their continued expansion,” said Pat Breen TD, Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, when he cut the ribbon at the new ABS premises in Castlemahon.

“It is always heartening to see regionally-based companies grow in scale, providing jobs and contributing to the economic and social wellbeing of their locality,” the minister said.

“I would also like to commend the work of the Local Enterprise Office for the part they have played in supporting the expansion.”  

Eamon Ryan, Local Enterprise Office Limerick commended the innovative nature of the company and their ongoing research and development which would  lead to further product development both for the domestic and export markets.

He also stressed the importance and value of businesses locating in, and providing much needed jobs in rural towns and villages.

“ It is fantastic to see a Limerick company growing from an idea to the successful firm we have today, which counts some of the world’s leading companies as customers,” Deputy Mayor Cllr Michael Collins said. “This company is a fantastic advertisement for what Limerick has to offer for entrepreneurs,” he added.  Limerick has a very fertile ecosystem that nurtures and supports firms as they grow and employ people locally.”

ABS Engineering’s position in the market has been further enhanced as it is now listed on the SEAI register for energy efficient equipment.  

This means that organisations who invest in energy efficient capital equipment can avail of the accelerated capital allowance and deduct the full cost of the equipment from their profits in the year of purchase.  

The company has also won a large contract with a client in India to develop and design a bespoke BMS system for a large factory that will manage and monitor heating, cooling, access control, security and fire systems within the building and also manage and monitor the production machines on the factory floor to create a ‘smart building’.